Friday, December 03, 2010

Oh WOW!

My book is in Publisher's Weekly! In an article about Young Adult books, PW featured my book's cover prominently and said: "A highlight of this fall's list is The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson, a loose retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story."

If you want to read the entire article, you can go here

Also, I will be doing an interview live between 4 and 5 this afternoon on WAAY-31 TV in Huntsville. Tomorrow (Sat.) I have a book signing at The Coffee Tree in Huntsville from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The Coffee Tree is located on Bailey Cove Road across from Grissom High School and behind Star Pharmacy. Would love to see you! :-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Get Autographed Copies of The Healer's Apprentice


Want a simple, easy way to get personalized, autographed copies of The Healer's Apprentice? Do you have a special daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, hairdresser, pastor's wife, etc. etc. who would love to get The Healer's Apprentice as a Christmas gift? (Of course you do!) Well, I have good news for you! :-)

Here is the link to bookseller Roseanna White website where you can buy my book. Roseanna will ship the book to me, I will sign it and personalize it any way you want, and mail it to you. This is a limited time offer, only running through Dec. 7th, so hurry!

And it isn't only my book that you can order. This is an "online book signing event!"
There are almost 80 authors participating. So go to the site and check it out. You can search by author, title, or genre at the Christian Review of
Books
and then follow the purchase links
to CrossPurposes Bookstore and buy autographed copies of each book featured. The authors will sign the books and ship them to the customers.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and here's to a very blessed and merry Christmas!

Friday, November 19, 2010

What is Your Moral Compass?



What do you use as your moral compass? When you make decisions, what is your standard to help you make the right choice? And when you read a book, how do you judge the characters’ choices?

When I was thirteen years old, I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for the first time.

It became one of my favorite novels and I still re-read it occasionally. The first time I read it, I wanted the hero and heroine to get married. They seemed made for each other. They were good for each other, and they loved each other. But Jane, the heroine, was convinced that it would be wrong to married Mr. Rochester.

Mr. Rochester tried to hide the truth from her, and when that failed, he simply told her it was all right. Yes, he was technically still married to his first wife, but it was all right. She was completely mad, so that made it okay. Also, no one would know. But Jane would not be persuaded. She would not commit a sin to please the man she loved, so she ran away from him, at great peril to herself, and also to Mr. Rochester, who she knew would be so distraught that he might do harm to himself.


The first time I read it, when I was only thirteen, I couldn’t understand why Jane didn’t just marry Mr. Rochester. He had explained to her why it was all right. Why didn’t she just marry him? I even went to my mother and told her the situation and asked her why it wouldn’t be all right for them to marry. She told me it wouldn’t be all right because the Bible said no one should have more than one wife. It was against God’s law—and man’s law—for Jane to marry Mr. Rochester.

I was a little shocked that I had let Mr. Rochester persuade me, if not Jane.

By the Bible’s standards, which was what Jane was following, Jane had done the right thing. By the world’s standards, as I read in a recent review of Jane Eyre on Goodreads, Jane did not do the right thing. She was following some outdated, overbearing religious law. She should have stayed with Mr. Rochester. To that reviewer, the standard was feelings. They both felt love for each other, so if they stayed together as man and wife, it was right.

What is the standard you follow? Do you apply it to story characters when you read a book?

I recently read a book that is marketed to teens as a Young Adult book. In it the “hero” does many things that violate the Bible’s standards, both in the beginning before he becomes “good,” and at the end, when he has changed and is considered “good.” What makes him good, you might ask? Well, now he is much kinder to people. And now he knows that it’s only okay to sleep with your girlfriend if you love her.

Wow, that’s a big departure from Jane Eyre. When you read a book, what is the “Truth,” or standard, that you judge it by? That modern novel I read was entertaining, but I cringe to think that some people who read it will mistake it for Truth. It isn’t okay to sleep with someone you’re not married to, even if you think you “love” them. What is love anyway? Love is a sacrificial thing, not just an emotion. If the person who says they “love” you isn’t willing to commit to you, to sacrifice for you, and marry you, then maybe that isn’t love at all.

But if you have no solid standard to go by, you won’t know what is good and what is harmful. And if you can’t judge right and wrong in a novel, how will you judge it in your own life?

Just some thoughts I wanted to throw out there! Would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sandi Rog's The Master's Wall


I want to tell you about my friend, Sandi Rog. Last week her very first book, The Master's Wall, was released. The book has gotten rave reviews from published authors such as Robert Liparulo, and is said to be one of the best, if not THE best, Christian novel set in ancient Rome. But unfortunately, Sandi was not able to really enjoy her book's debut last week.

For a while, Sandi had been feeling really awful. She deals with MS and all the dread and physical problems that brings, so she believed her fatigue and dizziness was caused by the MS. However, her doctor put her in the hospital on the day Sandi's book came out and discovered she has a brain tumor. And a few days later, they confirmed that it is cancerous.

I want to ask you all to consider purchasing Sandi's book, The Master's Wall. I have known Sandi through ACFW and a very active writers' loop that we both participate in, HIS Writers, for writers of Christian historicals with exotic settings. I know Sandi to be a sweet, loving person and a very dedicated wife, mom, and writer. She loves the Lord and wants her life to glorify Him. And I desperately am praying for her healing. I ask you also to pray for her healing, and for her continued good spirits as she goes through treatment, chemo and radiation. Please pray for her family, too, her husband and four children. Sandi has been through a lot in her life, and I am praying for God's power and mercy to give her a miracle. Please join me in this.

And if you want to do more than pray, another way to help Sandi is to purchase her book. You can get it from Amazon.com here,

and it is also available on Kindle.
Her publisher is DeWard Publishing Company. Daniel DeGarmo of DeWard Publishing Company issued this statement:
...My business partner and I have agreed to donate an
additional $1 per book to a Fund that I'll be setting up this week.

Just so no one thinks we are being shady about the whole deal, this is above
and beyond the royalties that Sandi (and her agent) is already incurring
with every book sold.

The purpose of this fund is to help out Sandi's family (husband and
children) while she is laid up fighting for her life.

What I need from you is simply spread the word. For every copy of "The
Master's Wall" that is sold (including Kindle) we will donate $1 to this
Fund.

I'll also be setting it up so that it can receive regular donations if
anyone is interested in just helping out financially.


As soon as I have more information on this, I will let you know.

Please pray for Sandi! The Bible says God is the healer. He is "the God of compassion." He is merciful and "longs to give good gifts to his children." Pray with me that God, in his mercy and wisdom, will give the gift of healing to Sandi.

Thank you.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Radio Interview

You can listen to my interview by going to the website, www.meetinghouseonline.info and clicking on The Intersection Download Center and the blue letters that say Click Here. Then scroll down to where it says Melanie Dickerson and click on the speaker on the left.

Radio Interview and Book Signing

Today Faith Radio in Alabama will air a 15-minute interview with me sometime between roughly 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. You can hear it at 89.1 in Montgomery, 91.5 in Andalusia, 90.3 in Dothan, and a few other towns and frequencies in Alabama. More details can be found at the Faith Radio website. You can listen to the interview later, some time after it airs, by going to www.meetinghouseonline.info and downloading it.

This interview is to publicize my book signing in Andalusia this Saturday from 12:00 noon to 2:30 at Tabby D's Christian Book Store. I'm excited about going "home" and hoping to see some people I grew up with and haven't seen for ... a long time! There's also an interview with me in the Andalusia Star-News, which you can read by going to their website.

I'm very thankful to my Public Relations person, Candice, for getting me these "gigs" and to Zondervan for hiring her! God has been good to me. So far the sales for The Healer's Apprentice have been good. They even seem to be picking up on Amazon, so I'm very thankful!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Outdoor Festival and Book Signing in Birmingham!

Come to McCalla, Alabama (near Birmingham) for Brooke's Book Stop's authors and crafts festival. It's this Saturday, October 30th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there will be food vendors and a live band! Also, several other authors will be there, including Christian author Elizabeth White, signing her latest book, Tour de Force.


I will also be signing my book, The Healer's Apprentice. The owner of Brooke's Book Stop and her daughter have been promoting The Healer's Apprentice! I'm excited to get to chat with them. :-)

If you're in the Birmingham area this Saturday, please come by! It's at 5928 Old Tuscaloosa Hwy McCalla Al. 35111, beside Brooke's Book Stop.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The ACFW Book Club is discussing The Healer's Apprentice

The ACFW Book Club is discussing my book, The Healer's Apprentice, for the rest of this month! If you are interested in getting in on the discussion, go to the yahoo groups website and click "join this group."

It's so much fun to get to "listen in" on the discussion of my very own book, especially since I used to be the coordinator of this book club and I used to imagine how fun it would be to have people discussing my book! :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Publisher's Weekly Reviews The Healer's Apprentice!

Publisher's Weekly reviewed The Healer's Apprentice! Here's their review:
"Alternating between the two protagonists' viewpoints, the plot unfolds at a satisfying clip with zesty supporting characters (the healer, the duke's younger son), which add intrigue. A light-handed Christian subtext weaves seamlessly through the novel: illness, injury, and malevolence are all combated 'in the name of Jesus.' Dickerson combines fairy tale ambiance (an unkind stepmother, a rat-filled dungeon, a caricature of a bad guy) with historical touches like herbal remedies, musical instruments, and architectural details to create a colorful and convincing atmosphere in this strong debut."

Pretty awesome, isn't it? Just the fact that they reviewed it all is an honor, and to get a positive review like this really makes my day ... no, my week!

Monday, October 04, 2010

"Clean" Young Adult Fiction--Two Reviews

In my header it says I review Christian fiction. But since it's so hard for teens today to find good "clean" fiction, and since there is nothing out there in the Christian realm quite like my historical romance, fairy tale retelling, The Healer's Apprentice, I decided to review some books from the general market that are similar to my book and are "safe" for teens.

Today I have reviews of two such books. I hope these are helpful.



Beauty by Robin McKinley

I just re-read this book for the second time. It is a classic fairy tale retelling. Based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, it is a gentle romance told enchantingly by the author, Robin McKinley. She wraps you up in details, but the details are always pertinent to the story, so you never get bored. It is a fantasy but very well-told, and I would recommend it to girls who are starting to read romance, as well as to anyone else who loves romance. It’s very sweet and definitely one of my favorite fairy tale retellings.



Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, this is an intriguing tale with interesting characters and a wonderful hero who rescues not one but twelve fair princesses. I enjoyed this story and am happy to say it is very “clean” and is safe for young teens to read. There are even a few Christian elements in this fantasy that make it even better, like the fact that the late queen’s silver cross, which she dropped in the evil king’s kingdom, has caused a silver forest to sprout up which wards off evil and provides some protection from the evil king’s sons. I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone younger than twelve, as there are a few scenes with the evil villain and his sons that are pretty intense, but I feel good about recommending it to the voracious reader looking for something that’s not too “dark.”

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Chance to Win The Healer's Apprentice

Teen blogger Prism is giving away a copy of The Healer's Apprentice on her blog, A Girl of Many Colors. Another giveaway can be found this week on K. Dawn Byrd's blog and on Elizabeth Ludwig's blog.

Lots of great reviews have come in on The Healer's Apprentice, and from some pretty prestigious places! For example:

Kirkus Reviews says: “The medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing, food, music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare.”

And Romantic Times says: “In her debut, Dickerson spins a magical tale loosely based on the story of Sleeping Beauty. Laced with plenty of romance, action, faith and fantasy, it's a perfectly romantic and well-told tale. Although it's written for a YA audience, it well satisfies the desire for sweet romance in all of us.”

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Signing in Huntsville! This Friday!


Nothing like doing things at the last minute! LOL!

Barnes & Noble at the Bridge Street shopping center only does a book signing every few months. They tried to email me but somehow they didn't get through. Anyway, I just found out they're doing a book signing this Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 and I will be there, and so will my books, if anyone wants to come out and say hello! I so appreciate the way people supported me a few weeks ago at LifeWay, so if you didn't get to come then, please come now! :-)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Drawing to Win The Healer's Apprentice T-shirt!

As I had mentioned before, I am holding a drawing for you to win a T-shirt with the The Healer's Apprentice cover on the front. If you want to win this XL shirt, please leave a comment here or on my facebook page.

I am told that I can't ask you to take a picture of my book on a book store shelf in order to be entered in the drawing, BUT it would be really awesome if you would snap a pic of The Healer's Apprentice on a book store shelf and put it up on facebook. I have yet to see my book on a book store shelf! So you could be the first to share that with me!

Also, Amazon now has copies of The Healer's Apprentice in stock!!! YAY! And so does CBD.com. And you can now leave a review on Amazon.com, as of yesterday. If you read the book and like it, I would really be grateful if you would post a short review on Amazon, and any other places like Goodreads.com. I don't think anyone's posted a review yet on Goodreads.

So leave a comment to win a t-shirt!!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Indianapolis Book Signing!!!

If you live anywhere near Indianapolis, I want you to know about a book signing event scheduled there during the ACFW Conference, which is next weekend, September 17th to 20th. I will be signing copies of The Healer's Apprentice on Sunday, Sept. 19th, from 1:00 to 1:30 ... well, I'll stay longer than that, unless they run me off! I would love to see you there and sign a book or three for you. ;-)

But I will not be the only author! Here is a link to the schedule, in case you have other favorite authors! Among others, the list of authors includes:

Mary Connealy
Kim Sawyer
Julie Lessman
Tracie Peterson
Lisa Wingate
Gayle Roper
Deborah Raney
Dan Walsh
Rachel Hauck
Denise Hunter
Colleen Coble
Linore Rose Burkard
Sharlene MacLaren
James Scott Bell
Terri Blackstock
Brandilyn Collins

And many, many others! This is just a small percentage! I'm still pinching myself and am blown away that I get to sign my own books at this year's conference! God is good!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Another Giveaway

I did forget a giveaway! Nora St. Laurent's blog, Finding Hope Through Fiction.

She's offering lots of extra chances to win by having you twitter the post and things like that. She also always puts up lots of fun pictures on her blog, so check it out!

More Blogs, More Giveaways

I know I've probably missed one or two, but here are two more blogs going live today that have giveaways of my book.

Favorite Pastimes
which is doing a two-part interview spread over today and tomorrow, and

A Pen For Your Thoughts

Whew! My life has sped up exponentially in the last few weeks! But I'm hanging on and trying to enjoy the ride! Who needs sleep, right? Definitely overrated. :-)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

New Contest! Spot my book in a book store

New Contest! If you see The Healer's Apprentice in a book store on the shelf and take a picture of it and post it to your facebook page and send me a link, I will put you in a drawing for an XL t-shirt with the cover of The Healer's Apprentice on the front and the words "Fairy Tales Do Come True."

On a Bunch of Blogs! Several Giveaways

I'm on a bunch of blogs this week, and several of them are offering a chance to win my book, The Healer's Apprentice. (Hint: there are very few comments so far on Golden's blog and the Okay Listen Here blog, so you have a good chance of winning.)

Tomorrow I will be on Heidi Main's blog and Tiff Amber Stockton's blog. Next week I'll be on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog and the Seekerville blog next Friday.

I've probably forgotten a few, so I'll try to fill you in later!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September New Releases

Hmm, let's see who has a new release this month ...

30. The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson -- A Romance from Zondervan. The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale comes to life when Rose, the apprentice to the town healer, falls in love with Lord Hamlin, the betrothed son of a duke.

1. Across the Cotton Fields; Mississippi Brides, book 1 by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver-- Romance from Barbour. Alexandra Lewis must find a husband before a family scandal follows her to Mississippi, but where does God fit into her plans?

2. A Door County Christmas; The Heart's Harbor by Cynthia Ruchti, Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips, My Heart Still Beats by Eileen Key, and Christmas Crazy by Becky Melby, A collection of four Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. A Door County innkeeper guarantees four single women that her Christmas cactus gifts˜and love˜will bloom by Christmas. As December nears, will barren plants and romances blossom into holiday joy?

3. A Hope Undaunted; Winds of Change series, book 1 by Julie Lessman -- An Romance from Revell. While on a summer law internship, a sassy and modern woman of the Roaring 20s butts heads with her lawyer boss, a stubborn pest from her past.

4. A Memory Between Us; Wings of Glory, Book 2 by Sarah Sundin -- An historical from Revell. During World War II, B-17 pilot Maj. Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge - until he meets Lt. Ruth Doherty, a striking nurse with a shameful secret.

5. A Prairie Christmas Collection by Deborah Raney, Tracie Peterson, Tracey V. Bateman, and six others -- A collection of nine Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. An instant holiday treasure, this fiction collection is penned by nine multi-published authors. Each novella promises a sweet Christian romance on the historical American Great Plains.

6. A Riverwalk Christmas by Elizabeth Goddard, Martha Rogers, Lynette Sowell and Kathleen Y'Barbo-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Four young women find love in the most unexpected places at Christmas.

7. A Very Private Grave; #1 The Monastery Murders by Donna Fletcher Crow -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Kregel. A new policeman must protect a young social worker from big-city gangs making their evil way down south. Felicity thinks she knows everything, until a brutal murder teaches her she doesn't know anything.

8. A Woodland Christmas by Janelle Mowery, Tamela Hancock Murray, Darlene Franklin and Ramona Cecil-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Experience a nostalgic Christmas in the Piney Woods of East Texas where a traveling wood-carver dispenses wisdom that brings four couples to realize the gift of love.

9. Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines -- A Science Fiction/Fantasy/Futuristic from Splashdown Books. In man's pursuit of knowledge, artificial intelligence was created. In the pursuit of love, artificial intelligence found God.

10. Baby Makes A Match; Love Inspired/Chatam House Series by Arlene James -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A rodeo cowboy rescues a stranded pregnant girl and with the help of three matchmaking aunties….well what else do you need?

11. Christmas Mail Order Brides by Vickie McDonough, Susan Page Davis, Therese Stenzel and Carrie Turansky-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Ride the transcontinental railroad as marriage arrives by mail-order-and just in time for Christmas.

12. Finding Becky; Book 3 Winds Across the Prairie by Martha Rogers -- An Historical from Realms/Strang. Rebecca comes home with a new attitude, but Rob wants to find the Becky he's loved since their youth.

13. Formula for Danger by Camy Tang -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. Dermatologist researcher Rachel Grant is pursued by an enemy trying to take her latest research and her life.

14. Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer -- A Romance from Bethany House. When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart isn't the only thing in danger.

15. High-Stakes Inheritance by Susan Sleeman -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. Claiming an inheritance turns deadly when Mia Blackburn returns to her hometown.

16. In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- An Historical from Bethany House. Claiming an inheritance turns deadly when Mia Blackburn returns to her hometown.Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts...

17. Judgement Day by Wanda Dyson -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Random House/Waterbrook. One reporter's love of sensationalism leads to a horrifying story and someone willing to kill her to keep her quiet.

18. Lily and the Lawman; Idaho Brides, Book Two by Erica Vetsch -- An Historical from Barbour. A wary woman has no choice but to join forces with a local lawman to rescue her kidnapped niece.

19. Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by Anita Higman and Irene Brand-- A Romance from Summerside Press. Two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.

20. Lydia's Charm by Wanda Brunstetter -- A Romance from Barbour. Will the anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life, and when tragedy befalls her yet again, will the mysterious gift giver be there to support her?

21. Making Waves; CHAIM series, Book Four by Lorna Seilstad -- An Historical from Revell. After Mr. Boring presses for an engagement, a witting debutante meets an intriguing sailing instructor who is everything her hum drum suitor is not.

22. McKenzie; Montana Skies Series by Penny Zeller -- An Historical from Whitaker House. She wanted to change him and mold him into the man she was supposed to marry. Instead, she was the one whose heart was changed.

23. Medical Error; Prescription For Trouble (book two) by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Abingdon. Identity theft isn't normally fatal, but this time it was.

24. More Than Words; Daughters of Amana #2 by Judith Miller -- An Historical from Bethany House. Will Gretchen Kohler's one impulsive decision cause tragic consequences for the entire Amana Community and cost her everything, even the love of her life?

25. Second Chance Brides; Texas Boardinghouse Brides #2 by Vickie McDonough -- An Historical from Barbour. When the man they came to town to marry weds someone else, two mail order brides must find a way to survive in Texas--or find another man to marry.

26. Secret of the Shroud by Pamela Billings Ewen -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from B&H Publishers. A powerful Bishop reaches for revenge when he's suddenly confronted with the secret of the Shroud and a choice that can destroy him.

27. Tender Vow by Sharlene MacLaren -- A Romance from Whitaker House. When John Evans is killed in a skiing accident, his brother, Jake, reaches out to his widowed sister-in-law, but Rachel will have nothing to do with his charity, particularly since they have a "history" she'd rather forget--but God has other plans.

28. The Columns of Cottonwood; The Alabama River Heritage Series by Sandra Robbins -- A Romance from Barbour. When a handsome stranger purchases a woman's plantation for back taxes, she vows to recover her land, but they discover God has a greater solution--a compromise to benefit both.

29. The Doctor's Blessing; #2 in The Brides of Amish Country by Patricia Davids -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A nurse-midwife to the Amish and the new doctor clash over her home deliveries.


31. The Newcomer by Laurie Alice Eakes -- An Historical from Barbour. Marigold sacrifices things precious to her, for the sake of her young charges and isn't willing to let their uncle take over when danger follows in his wake.

32. The Perfect Blend; The Tea Shop Series by Trish Perry -- A Romance from Harvest House. A jilted bride encounters chaotic jobs, overbearing society matrons, and charming suitors in her quest for love, independence, and the occasional glimpse of God's will.

33. The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin -- An Science Fiction/Fantasy/Futuristic from AMG/Living Ink. A young blacksmith goes in search of his missing wife, journeying to the four ends of the world and solving riddles with a faithful wolf at his side.

34. Where Hearts Are Free; Darkness to Light Series, Book #3 by Golden Keyes Parsons -- An Historical from Thomas Nelson. In the freedom and promise of the New World, Bridget Barrington and Philippe Clavell fall in love, but nothing about their love seems possible, apart from God's intervention.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Giveaways and Interviews

I'm on a lot of blogs in the coming weeks with my book The Healer's Apprentice. Tomorrow I'm on Casey Herringshaw's blog, and she is giving away a copy of The Healer's Apprentice. I'm also on Sharon Ball's blog and Golden Keyes Parsons' blog. Honestly, I don't remember on which blogs I'm doing giveaways of my book. In fact, I'm not even sure all the blogs I'm going to be on. I'll try to keep you updated, just in case you're interested. :-)

I'm also on Sandra Robbins' blog tomorrow, so check that out too!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Flash Fiction Featuring Characters from The Healer's Apprentice!

At the request of blogger and YA fiction fan, vvb32, I wrote three very short scenes featuring secondary characters from The Healer's Apprentice. She is also giving away a copy of my book on her blog, so go to this link and follow the directions to get in the drawing.

If you want to go directly to the "flash fiction" scenes I wrote, here's the scene in the Great Hall of Hagenheim Castle. And I apologize for the typos! Ai-yi-yi! How did I miss them? And here's the scene in the Healer's Chambers, and the scene in the castle chapel.

This was so much fun, I hope you will check out these scenes. And if you want to wait until you read the book, don't forget to come back here afterward and read them!

Can you believe it's only 11 days until The Healer's Apprentice hits book stores!?! Yay!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another Review! Or, Are you sick of me yet?

I have turned into a very obnoxious blogger, only talking about myself! Do you hate me yet? But I just have to tell you about the awesome review Nora St. Laurent gave The Healer's Apprentice on her great blog, Finding Hope Through Fiction.

Here is a small part of it. Okay, here's a BIG section of it:

The author also had the right mix of romance, adventure, battles and a mix of scenery, which all added to the mystery and fun of the story. I liked the depth and complexity of these characters as their spiritual fight was revealed. It was refreshing to see characters struggling as they attempted to live out what they read in the bible. Rose and Wilhelm had a personal relationship with God. Both struggled with their emotions and how not to be taken over by them. Melanie had several supporting characters I grew fond of and was drawn into their dilemmas, as well. This story was suspenseful in parts; I found myself holding my breathe until the situation was resolved. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I anticipated the story going in one direction, then something would happen and I doubted where I thought this would end up. The author kept me guessing all the way through.

I was totally taken into this fairy-tale and read it in one day; my family gave me grace so I could keep reading. I had to find out how this ended. This is Melanie Dickerson’s debut novel, wow!! I can’t wait to see what she writes next. I definitely can’t wait to read it.

An author's "dream review."

Friday, August 06, 2010

First Review of The Healer's Apprentice!

I just saw the first review of The Healer's Apprentice. If you'd like to read the whole thing, you can find it at this blog.

She said she read it in one day! I'm sighing from pure joy. She loved my book! Said it was going to stay with her a long time! Yes!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy




I’m a big fan of Mary Connealy. Her books never disappoint! This one is really great, as always.

We met the hero, Wade, in Montana Rose, where he was actually the bad guy. Then in The Husband Tree, we started to really love him. That’s also when we met the heroine, Abby/Glowing Sun. Wade rescued her from some bad men who had kidnapped her and then he promptly falls in love with her. But she’s “engaged” to the Flathead Indian chief’s son. Still, Wade holds out hope that she will one day want him and need him to rescue her again.

And that day comes in Wildflower Bride! Abby’s whole village is wiped out and Wade gets his chance to take care of her again. However, I lost count on how many times she pulls her knife on him! It’s so comical to see this half-wild woman raised by Indians dealing with falling in love with Wade by constantly pulling her knife on him. I also loved how feisty and brave and capable she is. She actually always ends up saving herself before Wade gets a chance to. But he keeps on thinking that if he hangs around long enough, she’ll actually need him!

Mary Connealy is the queen of comical situations in romance. I just loved this latest one. Very sweet and romantic, too.

Believe it or not, Mary has ANOTHER new book. It's called Doctor in Petticoats. I am a little behind on my reading, but I should have a review of it soon!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Highlander's Sword by Amanda Forester




WOW! I really loved this book. I love romance and I love Bible verses and I love that this novel is full of both! Even though this book is published by a secular publisher, Sourcebooks, it is really very Christian. However, I will warn you that it does have a sex scene between the married hero and heroine and is for mature adults only. But then, it isn’t much more risqué than The Song of Solomon in the Bible! (Sh! Don’t tell those people who think SOS is only about God and the church! Far be it from me to tell them it’s really about romantic love between a husband and wife!)

Anyway … this story is set in medieval Scotland, the home of Scottish Laird Padyn MacLaren and Aila, a Scottish heiress. MacLaren needs Aila’s fortune, but what he needs even more is to learn to trust again. He was betrayed by his first love, who tried to have him killed and left him with a huge scar on his face. Aila has to prove to him that not all women are like his conniving ex-fiancé.

Aila believes she’s destined for the convent. But when her brother dies, she becomes the heiress of a fortune and a large land holding. Suddenly she needs protection from a greedy, unscrupulous laird who wants her fortune and is prepared to hurt her to get it. But her arranged marriage happens so quickly, she doesn’t have time to come to terms with going from chaste nun-to-be to faithful, loving wife. But that’s when the real adventures begin, including kidnappings, daring escapes, battles, and personal discoveries.

If you like this kind of novel, you will certainly love this one. This is Amanda Forester’s debut, and I can hardly wait for the next one in the series!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Releases for July, 2010

Here are some new releases by ACFW member authors coming out this month. Pick something that sounds interesting and dive in!

1. A Shore Thing; Otter Bay, Book 2 by Julie Carobini-- A Romance from B&H. A fiery, eco-friendly young woman leads the fight against a large development in her beachfront hometown while falling for the architect assigned to the job.

2. Back on Murder; A Roland March Mystery, Book 1 by J. Mark Bertrand -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Bethany House. Homicide cop Roland March attempts a comeback as corruption and a high profile case threaten to sink him.

3. Beautiful Bandit; The Lone Star Legends Series by Loree Lough -- An Historical from Whitaker House. When rancher Josh Neville rescues a terrified woman who calls herself Dinah, she unwittingly leads notorious killers to his door, putting him and everyone at the Lazy N in jeopardy.

4. Beyond Summer; Blue Sky Hills Series, Book 3 by Lisa Wingate -- Women's Fiction from Peguin Group/NAL. Tam Williams discovers the blessings of community when her father is jailed, and the family moves to downscale Blue Sky Hill where her new friend, Shasta might lose her home to her father's shady mortgage company.

5. Bride in Training; Man's Best Friend Series by Gail Gaymer Martin -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Troubled lives lead to loneliness, Emily and Martin learn, until the Lord teaches them he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.

6. Cattleman's Courtship by Carolyn Aarsen -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Cara Morrison has to fix the past before she can face the future.

7. Doctor in Petticoats; Sophie's Daughters Series, Book #1 by Mary Connealy -- A Romance from Barbour. A burned out doctor is called in because he's a man, while the town's lady doctor does all the work and keeps the doctor from cracking up.

8. Driftwood Lane; 3rd in Series of Stand Alones by Denise Hunter -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. A love story set on Nantucket Island.

9. Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A firefighter falls in love while trying to find her father's killer.

10. Flash Point; Emerald Coast 911 by Stephanie Newtonr -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. Courage Under Fire.

11. Heart of a Cowboy; 2nd book in the Helping Hands Homeschooling by Margaret Daley -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Zachary Rutgers is perfectly happy with being a loner until he discovers he has a son and must deal with buried feelings concerning Jordan Masterson.

12. Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig -- An Historical from Summerside Press. A young seamstress struggling to survive in a booming mining town is pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner.

13. Minnesota Moonlight 3-in-1 Collection by Becky Melby & Cathy Wienke -- Romance from Barbour. An ex-con, a storm chaser, and a footloose musician˜three unlikely heroes for three women learning to trust God...and the men He's brought into their lives.

14. Nightshade; Book #1 of the Discarded Heroes series by Ronie Kendig -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Barbour. This Former Navy SEAL is fighting a new battle--the home front!

15. Prodigal Patriot; Vermont #1 by Darlene Franklin -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong. How can Sally and Josiah battle through the barriers separating Tory and Patriot to find love and forgiveness?

16. Ransome's Crossing; The Ransome Trilogy, Book 2 by Kaye Dacus -- A Romance from Harvest House. Disguising herself as a midshipman to get to her secret fiance, Charlotte Ransome faces danger--and love--crossing the Atlantic.

17. Rodeo Redemption; The Rodeo Royalty Series, Book 1 by Teri Wilson -- A Romance from White Rose Publishing. Josie Turner would rather forget she was ever crowned Rodeo Queen. Can former rodeo cowboy Luke Anderson mend Josie's heart and can one rodeo weekend help them both find redemption?

18. Seeds of Summer; Seasons of the Tallgrass - Book #2 by Deborah Vogts -- A Romance from Zondervan. When a former Miss Rodeo Kansas queen returns home after her father's death to care for the family ranch and her two younger siblings, what follows is a summer full of change, life-lessons and an unexpected romance with the new minister in Diamond Falls.

19. So Over It; Book 3 in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series by Stephanie Morrill -- General Fiction from Revell. Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget.

20. Song of Solomon by Kendra Norman Bellamy -- A Romance from Urban Books. How can he convince her that she's his God-given mate when she's already wearing a wedding ring?

21. Stars in the Night by Cara Putman -- An Historical from Summerside Press. Step back to 1942 Hollywood as Audra Schaeffer tries to find her sister and a killer before it is too late.

22. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis -- An Historical from Summerside Press. When Emma's father is murdered, she's hired to do the job he could have had--helping track them down by breaking their ciphers.

23. The Engineered Engagement; Book Three in the Kennebrae Brides Series by Erica Vetsch -- An Historical from Barbour Heartsong. Sparks fly when a shipbuilder finds himself engaged to the wrong girl.

24. The Seeker; The Shaker Series # 3 by Ann H. Gabhart -- An Historical from Revell. The story brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers and the ravages of war in 1860s Kentucky.

25. The Way to a Man's Heart; The Miller Family Series, Book 3 by Mary Ellis -- A Romance from Harvest House. When all the men beat a path to Leah's diner, her parents don't breathe a sigh of relief until she narrows her suitors from half a dozen down to one.

26. Where the Dogwoods Bloom by Myra Johnson -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong. Jilly Gardner left Blossom Hills ten years ago, determined never to return, but when Cam Lane calls to ask for her help, she finds she can't say no.

Happy summer reading!

Friday, June 18, 2010

2010 ACFW Conference in Indianapolis

[This article is being posted simultaneously on the ACFW blog.]
It’s easy to get discouraged in this business, and success seldom happens quickly.
Two reasons why it’s important to go to the ACFW Conference with realistic goals and a fierce determination to stick it out, no matter what.

I attended the ACFW Conference in 2005 in Nashville. I had just completed my first novel and was very excited about attending my first writers conference. In the months leading up to the conference, my daughters and I discovered a new favorite movie—National Velvet. We watched it over and over. I loved Elizabeth Taylor’s character, Velvet Brown, a young pre-teen in love with horses, and one horse in particular, and determined to race him in the greatest and most grueling race of all—the Grand National.

It had never been done before. A girl had never entered a horse in this prestigious race, and certainly no girl had ever ridden in the race. Her horse, The Pi, was wild and undisciplined, with no credentials; he’d never raced before. But he and Velvet adored each other, and she just KNEW he could win.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Velvet and The Pi do win the race. You also know that Velvet has a quirk—she faints. A lot. She faints when she realizes she’s won The Pi in a lottery. She faints when she and The Pi win the Grand National, falling off her horse after crossing the finish line.

Well, I decided I was just like Velvet and The Pi. I was an underdog. I was a complete nobody. There was no reason why my book should get published. I didn’t have a degree in English or Novel Writing. I didn’t have family members in the industry. I hadn’t even been writing long. But I believed I WAS Velvet Brown. I was going to win the Grand National of writing. I was going to go to that conference and somehow win a publisher for my book.

You can probably guess what I’m about to say. I did NOT win a book contract. In fact, no one I spoke to was particularly interested in my book. I went to appointments with editors and agents, but I was told that they weren’t looking for stories like mine.

But as it turned out, I actually HAD been preparing myself for the conference by watching National Velvet, and I WAS like Velvet, but not in the way I had expected.

While at the conference, I was so keyed up I couldn’t sleep. So on the second night, I took an over-the-counter sleeping pill to help me sleep. The next morning I felt very strange and swimmy-headed. I thought maybe I just needed to eat. So I ate breakfast, but then I felt stranger than ever. I put my head on the table, and while the beautiful and talented Brandilyn Collins was making announcements, people around me realized I had fainted.

An ambulance was called. I was half-conscious by the time they arrived and was able to appreciate the fact that I was being wheeled out on a stretcher in front of almost four hundred people—everyone at the ACFW Conference. Thankfully, they didn’t announce the name of the person who fainted, so it wasn’t as embarrassing as it could have been!

The point is … be careful who you aspire to be like! No, the point is to be realistic about your goals at the conference, and to realize you need to develop a fierce determination and tenacious perseverance to make it in this business, because it’s easy to get discouraged, and success may not happen quickly.

Make the most of your time at the conference, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t immediately see any tangible results. The friendships and connections you make at the conference, the things you learn, will bless you in many ways that you might not be able to see right away. So I hope you will attend the ACFW Conference if at all possible!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World's First Sneak Peek at The Healer's Apprentice

Hey! If you want to read a bit of a scene from The Healer's Apprentice, you can go to my friend Pepper Basham's blog. It's the scene that's portrayed in the trailer!

Hope you like it! :-)

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer




Here's my review of Kim Sawyer's newest Historical Romance, A Hopeful Heart.
I very much enjoyed this book, A Hopeful Heart, which is the story of Tressa, an Eastern girl whose parents died a few years ago and left her to live with an aunt and uncle who didn’t love her or want her. They send her west, to a school that will teach Tressa to be a good wife to a rancher, as there are lots of eligible ranchers in the area but few prospects for wives.



I was drawn in by Tressa’s plight. She’s shy and rather incompetent at tasks she’d never had to learn while in her wealthy relatives’ home. I could sympathize with her not wanting to be thrust upon some man she barely knew to be his wife, feeling almost like she was being auctioned off. But she had little choice. She had to marry because she had no family or means to support herself. Such was the plight of many women of that time.

Kim Sawyer writes gentle love stories with tons of heart and true-to-life characters. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to fans of sweet historical romance.

Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I WON!

YAY! The Healer's Apprentice won the poll and is now the October pick for the ACFW Book Club! I'm so excited! The book club has over a thousand members, although not all of them participate. But I'm tickled that I won and I will get to discuss my book in October and do a live chat the first Monday night of November. I used to be the coordinator of the book club, so this was a big deal to me. :-)

So if you voted for me, I just want to say THANK YOU!!! And I LOVE YOU!!!
LOL!

Can't wait to talk about Rose and Wilhelm and Rupert and all my "very real (to me)" characters. :-)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

My Book is in the ACFW Book Club Poll!

Wow, this is so exciting! After being a volunteer with the ACFW Book Club for years, first as assistant and then as coordinator, it's so exciting to see my very own book in the book club poll!

If you feel so inclined, and if you're a member of the ACFW Book Club, please click here to vote:

If you're not already a member, you can go to the Yahoo Groups website and search for ACFW Book Club and join up.
Of course, you don't have to vote for my book! There are several other great choices. :-) But I appreciate it if you do. ;-)
Oh, and the title is written incorrectly as The Healer & Apprentice. But just ignore that.

If my book is chosen, the discussion will take place in the month of October and there will be a live chat on the first Monday night of November. Fun times!

Novel Teen and Giveaway of The Healer's Apprentice

Come over to the new blog I'm co-writing with several other Christian Young Adult authors, Novel Teen.

Today I'm giving away a copy of The Healer's Apprentice to one commenter between now and next Friday, June 11.

Come on by and check it out! If you're a Young Adult fan you'll want to subscribe to the blog and get the lowdown on all the latest Christian YA's. So come on over to Novel Teen!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Photo of the HOD Readers Luncheon


Here are all the author's names:
Melanie Dickerson, Linda Winstead Jones, Christy Reece, Debra Glass, Janice Lynn, Debra Webb, Peggy Webb, Sabrah Agee, Trish Milburn, Rhonda Nelson, Kate Lyon, Beverly Barton, Lynn Raye Harris, Kay Cornelius, Kerri Nelson, Lyn Stone, Julia London, and Linda Howard.


I put some photos on my facebook page of the Readers Luncheon. This is a photo of all the authors who participated.

Notice that I am on the far left, and at the other end from me (literally and figuratively) is Julia London, our keynote speaker, and ultra best-seller Linda Howard. :-) Very friendly, very down-to-earth ladies, all.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The HOD Reader's Luncheon

Just wanted to let you know that the HOD (Heart of Dixie--my local RWA chapter) Reader's Luncheon on May 15th went well. I had a lot of fun! It's always fun talking to writers and readers. I was sitting next to Pamela Hearon, and we swapped writing stories, how we got our agents, etc, and enjoyed our keynote speaker, Julia London, who spoke about the unique trials of being a full-time writer, and did so with a keen sense of humor!

Kathy Bone did an awesome job coordinating the event. Thank you, Kathy!

I got the opportunity to give away a basket of medieval-themed goodies that I had put together. That was fun! The winner was my friend, Kim Ewing! Yay, Kim! :-)

And all 166 attendees went home with a goody bag that contained, among other things, a The Healer's Apprentice bookmark that the wonderful people at Zondervan made and sent to me. So hopefully a few of them will be intrigued enough to look for my book!

Anyway, if you are in the area next year, please come. I believe the date is April 30th. It's a lot of fun and you might win something! A ton of baskets of goodies were given away.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Heart of Dixie Readers' Luncheon - Next Saturday

I don't know why I didn't think to mention this before, but my local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter is hosting its annual Readers' Luncheon in Huntsville, Alabama at the South Hall of the Van Braun Center next Saturday, May 15th, at 11:00. Last year was my first time to attend, and this year I'll be hosting a table as "published author." Even though my book doesn't come out until September, I'll be promoting my book by giving out bookmarks with my book cover on them and giving away a cool medieval basket, perfect for a real "healer's apprentice" from the fourteenth century. Anyone who puts their ticket in for my basket could win it.

What is a Readers' Luncheon, you might ask? Well, it's a luncheon where you can sit at a published author's table and gab with them while you eat, then listen to a keynote speaker--this year it's best-selling romance author, Julia London--and win lots of prizes. At my table I will be giving everyone who sits with me some yummy chocolate truffles. (Trying to bribe people to sit with me! I have this fear that no one will want to sit at my table! It's not like anyone has ever heard of me!)

Enough about my insecurities! If you're interested, and if it's not too late to register, check it out on the HOD website.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

New Releases for May, 2010

1. A Quiet Place; A Tabor Heights Novel by Michelle Levigne -- A Romance from Desert Breeze. Tabor Heights -- A friendly little town on Ohio's North Coast, where the members of one church help each other in their journeys of faith, learning, and love.

2. Betsey's Return; Book 2 in the Brides of Lehigh Canal series by Wanda E. Brunstetter -- An Historical from Barbour. After being left once at the altar, Pastor William vowed to serve the Lord alone. But that was before Betsy's Return.

3. Black Hills Blessing; A 3-in-1 Collection by Mary Connealy -- Three Contemporary Romances from from Barbour. Buffalo owner butts heads with an ornery cattleman; a lady rancher has a cantankerous neighbor; A doormat wife stands up to her tyrant husband. Who will survive when worlds collide?

4. Clara and the Cowboy by Erica Vetsch -- A Romance from Heartsong Presents. Alec takes on robbers, rustlers, and kidnappers, but his greatest challenge will be taking on Clara, his boss's daughter.

5. Finding Jeena; Book 2, Homecoming Series by Miralee Ferrell -- Women's Fiction from Kregel. Shaken to the core at the threat of losing everything, Jeena is confronted with her prejudices and with a God she had long forgotten.

6. In Harm's Way; Heroes of Quantico, Book 3 by Irene Hannon -- A Romance from Revell. An abducted infant, a tattered Raggedy Ann doll, a terrified woman and a skeptical FBI agent come together in what Publishers Weekly calls "an ever-climactic mystery."

7. It Had to Be You; the third and final novel in the "Weddings by Bella" series by Janice Thompson -- General Fiction from Barbour. Bella couldn't be happier that her long-feuding Aunt Rosa and Uncle Lazarro have finally admitted their love for one another and are getting married. Their forties-style wedding is sure to be a night to remember.

8. Kate's Philadelphia Frenzy; Camp Club Girls Series, Book 5 by Janice Hanna -- General Fiction from Barbour. The Camp Club Girls series introduces young readers to six friends who meet at church camp and solve mysteries together.

9. Legendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges -- A Sci-fi/Fantasy/Futuristic from Splashdown. If Pilgrim's Progress were a space opera, it might look something like this: two young seekers on a journey of discovery, searching for freedom and a planet to call home.

10. Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley -- An Historical Romance from Summerside Press. Heroine in peril becomes a mail-order bride. . .gone awry

11. Love is Monumental; Book 2, A Walk in the Park by Annalisa Daughety -- A Contemporary Romance from Barbour. Finding love has become a feat of monumental proportions for a shy park ranger.

12. Morning for Dove; Book 2, Winds Across the Prairie by Martha Rogers -- An Historical from Realms, a Division of Strang Communications. Luke and Dove struggle against prejudice and a deadly natural disaster for their love.

13. No Other; Protecting the Witnesses LIS continuity series--book #3 by Shawna K. Williams -- An Historical from Desert Breeze. Jakob Wilheimer longs for healing after his family's internment during WWII, but will freeing Meri from the captivity of her upbringing heal them both, or tear them apart?

14. Nowhere Carolina; Book 2, Southern Discomfort Series by Tamara Leigh -- A Romance from Waterbrook. When Maggie Pickwick's teenaged daughter decides it's time she knew the identity of her father, Maggie's carefully balanced world begins to teeter.

15. Seeds of Summer; Book 2, Seasons of the Tall Grass by Deborah Vogts -- A Romance from Zondervan. When a former Miss Rodeo Kansas queen returns home after her father's death to care for the family ranch and her two younger siblings, what follows is a summer full of change, life-lessons and an unexpected romance with the new minister in Diamond Falls

16. So Over My Head; Book 3, Charmed Life Series by Jenny B. Jones -- General Fiction from Thomas Nelson. Newly single, stalked by a killer, and in desperate need of some chic clown shoes,˜ Bella is one mocha frapp away from a total meltdown.

17. The Heiress; New Jersey Historical Series Book 2 by Laurie Alice Eakes -- An Historical from Barbour. Desperate for money, Daire Grassick sells a family heirloom to a lady he doesn't know, only to discover it holds a secret formula for glass without which his family will be ruined.

18. The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler -- A Romance from Abingdon. When they must combine efforts for the most important event in Ted's church's history, can modern Mennonite Miranda Klassen and Old Order Mennointe Ted Wiebe find peace somewhere in the middle?

19. The Wedding Garden; Book 3, Redemption River by Linda Goodnight -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Join RITA and ACFW Award-winning author, Linda Goodnight, in "Redemption River", where healing flows.

20. The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel -- Women's Fiction from Zondervan. Kim has found a way to suffer for her sins and ease her guilt--but is her relief more important than her innocent daughter's safety?

21. They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti -- Women's Fiction from Abingdon. He was supposed to go fishing, not missing.

22. To Be a Mother by Ruth Axtell Morren and Cheryl St. John -- Romance from Steeple Hill. Two heartwarming stories of non-traditional families becoming families in a very traditional sense.

23. White Roses by Shannon Taylor VanAtter -- A Romance from Heartsong Presents. Can a heart-broken florist and a widowed pastor reclaim romance after their lives collide among the thorns?

24. Wildflower Bride; Book 2, Montana Marriages by Mary Connealy -- A Romance from Barbour. Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead tribe, has never met a man she didn't want to pull a knife on, including the man determined to marry her.

Thanks to Pam Meyers for this list!

Friday, April 30, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Have you prayed today? :-) Next Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, which has erroneously been declared "unconstitutional" by one of our Federal judges. We have been called out to shine the light of Jesus in a dark world, for such a time as this. Do you feel it as much as I do?

Here is some of what Jim Daly of Focus on the Family had to say about it:
Judge Crabb's ruling is now rightly under appeal. I am optimistic. But for perspective regarding the way forward, believers might look to a wonderful lesson in the New Testament's Book of Acts. There, in Chapter 4, we read of two men, Peter and John, who were arrested and imprisoned for talking openly about Jesus. They were later released. When they returned to their people and explained their plight, their group did a curious and counter-cultural thing. They didn't gripe or grumble; they prayed for their captives and asked for courage to keep the faith and stay on message:

...consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

I believe we have reached a time and place where we are called to do likewise. I am encouraged, actually, to think that Judge Crabb's decision seems poised to do what years of free expression has not - awakened a sleeping Christian people, many of whom (though not all) have taken so many of our freedoms for granted for so long.

Now is the time for Christians, like those of the early church, to be strong and confident, not bitter or embattled.

Now is the time for believers to be bold but humble, courageous but compassionate.

Amen and Amen!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I'm on Seekerville!

I'm giving away a copy of my book on Seekerville today!

What is Seekerville?

It is a great blog written by 15 fabulous authors, including Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, Camy Tang, et al, who give great writing advice and talk about the publishing industry and give away lots of books! So come by and say hi! I'm talking about the booming YA genre.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Queen of Hearts by K. Dawn Byrd



Here's a book you might enjoy, Queen of Hearts by K. Dawn Byrd. It is an e-book, and very affordable. Here's a little bit about the book:
Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

Check out the book trailer on YouTube.

About the author:
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance. She holds a masters degree in professional counseling from Liberty University that she believes gives her better insight into the minds, feelings and emotions of individuals, which helps her to better understand her characters and develop them more fully. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense will release April 1 and Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense will release August 1, both with Desert Breeze Publishing.
K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. Her blog spotlights not only the books, but the authors also because we all want to know more about our favorite authors.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years, walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home, and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Visit K. Dawn Byrd at her website
and purchase her book at Desert Breeze Publishing
or Amazon.com.

Monday, April 19, 2010

April's New Releases

I've been a neglectful blogger! So sorry. Here are April's new releases, thanks to Pam Meyers.
1. A Promise Forged, Heartsong Presents Historical Ohio Series by Cara C. Putman An historical from Heartsong Presents. A player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League finds challenges and love as she travels with her team.

2. Abbie Ann; Daughters of Jacob Kane, 3rd & final installment. by Sharlene MacLaren An historical romance from Whitaker House. Abbie Ann, president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1907, butts heads with a handsome divorcee, blindsided when she realizes her utter attraction to him.

3. Blood Ransom; Mission Hope Series, Book 1 by Lisa Harris A suspense/mystery/thriller from from Zondervan. thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it..

4. Calculated Revenge by Jill Elizabeth Nelson A suspense/mystery/thriller from Steeple Hill. When a teacher finds on the playground a backpack belonging to her long-ago abducted sister, she turns to the principal, an ex-private detective, to stop a child-killer from targeting her daughter.

5. Chesapeake Weddings by Cecelia Dowdy A romance from Barbour. Life sends three African American women into a tailspin; Can these women let God rebuild their tattered hopes when new romances unexpectedly enter their lives?

6. Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry M.D. A suspense/mystery/thriller from Abingdon. A doctor finds that returning to her home town has put her in the midst of conflict and possibly marked her for death

7. Crossroads Bay by Kathleen Kovach A romance from Heartsong Presents. A beautiful charter boat captain searches for lost treasure while her real prize is the caterer trying to keep up with her.

8. Damages by Deborah Kinnard A romance from Desert Breeze. A story of second chances, found in an unexpected place.

9. In Plain Sight by Michelle Sutton A suspense/mystery/thriller from Desert Breeze. Abused by her gypsy ex-boyfriend and left for dead, Jovana moves to America seeking a new life; two handsome men desire her heart, but she must choose the right one or end up in a situation much worse than before.

10. Lorenzo and the Pirate by Rick and Lila Guzman An historical from Blooming Tree Press. Will Lorenzo Bannister, marooned on a deserted island with two pirates, ever get home to New Orleans?

11. Love Lessons by Margaret Daley A romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Alexa Michaels brings a breath of fresh air into Ian Ferguson's and his daughter's life, but is it enough to make Ian trust in love again?

12. Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken A women's fiction from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. Will adopting an orphan from China bring Meg and Lewis the happiness they long for?

13. Mountain Peril by Sandra Robbins A suspense/mystery/thriller from Steeple Hill, Love Inspired Suspense. A woman discovers violence has once again entered her life when a grisly website sets the stage for murder and terror on a peaceful college campus.

14. Queen of Hearts by K. Dawn Byrd A suspense/mystery/thriller from Desert Breeze. Daphne Dean never knew that serving her country as a spy during WWII would send her into hiding in an abandoned mental institution with secrets of its own.

15. Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson A suspense/mystery/thriller from Kregal. As Camden Bristow works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored on Crescent Hill, she discovers a deep family secret hidden within the mansion's walls that could change her life˜and the entire town˜forever.

16. Rodeo Sweetheart by Betsy St.Amant A romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. She grew up with a cowboy hat and a pony; he grew up with designer duds and a silver spoon. Will this mismatched couple ever be able to lasso their differences?

17. Rooms by Jim Rubart A suspense/mystery/thriller from B&H Fiction. A young Seattle software tycoon inherits a home on the Oregon coast that turns out to be a physical manifestation of his soul.

18. Scenarios for Girls, Book 3 by Nicole O'Dell General fiction from Barbour. Molly Jacobs isn't sure what she should do: Should she follow through with stealing some clothes for her friends from Magna the trendy girls clothing store where she works? Or should she do what she knows is right, even if it means losing her newfound popularity? Scenarios for Girls are interactive books that allow the reader to choose between alternate endings to make important, moral decisions for the main characters.

19. Scenarios for Girls, Book 4 by Nicole O'Dell General fiction from Barbour. Kate Walker joins the swim team and becomes obsessed with practice and making it through the championships with flying colors. What will Kate do when she's faced with pressure from her teammates to take an illegal substance that will help her swim multiple events in their championship meet? Scenarios for Girls are interactive books that allow the reader to choose between alternate endings to make important, moral decisions for the main characters.

20. Seasons in the Mist; Seasons of Destiny Book 1 by Deborah Kinnard A romance from Sheaf House. An eager historian, a time portal, and intrigue in King Edward III's court.

21. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell An historical from Bethany House. As Clara Carter makes her debut, she realizes it's not just her heart at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

22. Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson An historical from Bethany House. Sixteen Civil War widows join the Ladies Emigration Society and head west to claim homesteads, only to find their organization has other plans. . . involving the word "brides.

23. Sworn to Protect by Diann Mills A suspense/mystery/thriller from Tyndale. Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales is caught up in a conspiracy and her life is at stake.

24. The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough A romance from Barbour. Three mail-order brides arrive expecting to marry the town marshal. But he didn't order a bride. A contest to discover which bride would make the best wife turns into mayhem when there is a fourth anonymous entry.

25. The Cowboy's Baby by Linda Ford A romance from Love Inspired Historical. The prodigal returns but is he too late for a second chance?

26. The Word Unleashed, Book 2 of Face in the Deep by Steve Rzasa A sci-fi/fantasy/futuristic from Marcher Lord Press. Baden Haczyk's adventure continues as he tries to keep the last Bible safe from the religious secret police.

27. Too Close to Home, Book 1 of the Women of Justice Series by Lynette Eason A suspense/mystery/thriller from Revell. An FBI agent and a detective must track down a killer of teenage girls before his next victim hits Too Close to Home.

28. Wildflower Hearts, Book 1 in Series Set in North Dakota by Vickie McDonough A romance from Barbour. Three siblings who live on a ranch face problems and romance in the North Dakota Badlands

29. Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer An historical from Abingdon Press. In Denmark's darkest days, is it duty, faith...or love?

Enjoy!

Friday, April 09, 2010

All About Genre

I'm talking about my genre, Christian YA medieval romance fairy-tale retellings (ha!), over on Peg Phifer's blog, where she's doing a series on all the different genres. Come by and leave a comment!

I'm also on Mary Connealy's blog where she has my trailer on a very nice wide screen. :-)

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Healer's Apprentice is a mini-movie trailer!


I am shouting about this all over the place, but in case you haven't heard, my publisher, Zondervan has made a trailer of my book. It's like a mini movie with the model on the book cover acting in it. You can go here to watch it! Then let me know how cool you think it is! :-) :-) :-)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FREE Download of A Passion Most Pure

Amazon.com and Julie Lessman's publisher are offering free downloads of Julie's first book (which I loved) A Passion Most Pure, on Amazon. If you haven't read it, you should go get your free download! Go to Julie Lessman's website to get the details.

Friday, March 19, 2010

How I Got "The Call"

Hi! I'm on Keli Gwyn's blog, Romance Writers on the Journey, where I'm telling my "Call Story" of how I found out The Healer's Apprentice was getting published. Laughing and jumping up and down is involved. Come by and say hello.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Article about Young Adult (YA) books

Here's a link to an article in the L.A. Times about YA books. It calls YA fiction "a phenomenon" and attempts to explain why adults are increasingly drawn to the Young Adult genre. Books like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are being read by teens as well as adults.

Anyway, I'm really excited that The Healer's Apprentice is being published as a YA, the genre that is doing better in this slow economy than any other genre.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm on Keli Gwyn's blog


I'll be on Keli Gwyn's blog, Romance Writers on the Journey,
next Saturday, March 20th, telling my "Call" story--how I found out that my first book was accepted for publication--for the first time. I hope you will join me! Keli's blog is really great and she does a lot of giveaways of free stuff! I'll be giving away a copy of my book, The Healer's Apprentice, when it comes out, to one lucky commenter, so come check it out next Saturday.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I've Been Outed!!! And New Website


I've been outed!!! My historical romance, young adult book, The Healer's Apprentice, is available for pre-order right now on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com!!!

If you want to pre-order it, it's actually cheaper at Christianbook, I don't know why. And apparently it's coming out in September instead of October, which I'm really happy about!

AND I have a new website, www.melaniedickerson.com, that is really awesome, if I do say so myself. I have website guru Tracy Ruckman to thank for it. THANKS, TRACY!!! Tracy is also a professional editor and her prices are reasonable if you're in the market for a critique.

Thanks for basking in the joy with me! LOL

Friday, February 26, 2010

Vote! Or, How Do You Like Me Now?

I wonder if you could do me a favor. I've been trying to write a succinct description of my 300-page book, The Healer's Apprentice, and it's, well, not easy. Not that I'm complaining or anything. Anyway, how does this description grab you? Does it make you want to read the book? Sound intriguing?
Description #1:

A woodcutter’s daughter,
a duke’s son, and a mysterious woman in hiding

Rose, a poor woodcutter's daughter, must prove her competence as the healer’s apprentice if she is to save herself from her mother’s plans to marry her off to a decrepit old merchant.

When Lord Hamlin, destined to be ruler over the region, is injured while the healer is away, Rose must overcome her inexperience to save him. But she must also conquer her attraction to him, for he has dedicated his life to rescuing his betrothed—a woman whom the evil conjurer, Moncore, has vowed to destroy.

Lord Hamlin’s duty is to marry his betrothed, defeat Moncore, and bring security to his people. He should not indulge in forbidden feelings of love for Rose. But when Rose is the one in danger, only true love can prevent the ultimate tragedy.

When destiny sleeps, it can only be awakened by true love’s kiss.


Okay, now here's Description #2:
When destiny sleeps, it can only be awakened by true love’s kiss.

In this historical romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Rose, a woodcutter’s daughter, becomes the town healer’s apprentice. Her job is to help care for the sick and injured in the Southwest tower of Hagenheim Castle. But Rose becomes sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to making up stories than sewing up wounds. She is determined to overcome her weakness and prove herself a competent healer, or face marrying a disgusting old merchant her mother has picked out for her.

Lord Hamlin, oldest son of the duke, destined to be ruler of the region, is injured while the healer is away. Rose must overcome her squeamishness and inexperience to care for his injury. And she must not fall in love in with Lord Hamlin, for he is betrothed to marry a girl who is in hiding and must fulfill his duty to find the evil conjurer, Moncore, and save his betrothed.

But the people of Hagenheim are not always who they seem. When Rose’s life is in danger, Lord Hamlin must choose between duty and destiny, between obligation … and true love.


Do either of these grab you? Which do you like best, #1 or #2?

Thanks!!!
Oh, and here's what the cover will look like!

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Releases for February, 2010

Here are some great new books! Pick one to get snowed in with. :-)

1. Abigail: A Novel, The Wives of King David, Book 2, by Jill Eileen Smith from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Turmoil marks her life - what price will she pay for love?

2. A Valentine Wish, by Betsy St. Amant from Steeple Hill Lori, chocolate-lover extraordinary, is unemployed, single, and out of brownie mix. But when a secret admirer pops up at her new job running a chocolate boutique, she might have the ingredients for a special Valentine's after all!

3. Deliver Us From Evil, by Robin Caroll from B&H Publishing. When a female helicopter rescues a US Marshal escorting a heart, they must race against time to uncover the largest child trafficking ring in history.

4. Hometown Promise; First in the Kellerville Series, by Merrillee Whren from Steeple Hill. Kellerville: Finding family, community and love in one small town

5. Love's Winding Path, by Lauralee Bliss from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. A prodigal's life is never out of God's reach and His love as two lonely adventurers are about to discover.

6. The Marriage Masquerade, by Erica Vetsch from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. Sometimes running away brings you right back where you started.

7. Meander Scar, by Lisa Lickel from Black Lion. When Ann is ready to jump back into life with a new love, she discovers the devastating truth behind her husband's disappearance.

8. My Deadly Valentine, by Lynette Eason and Valerie Hansen from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Two suspense filled stories about stalkers and the men determined to protect the women they love.

9. On Wings of Love, by Kim Watters from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A dedicated nurse devotes her life helping others, only to discover the man who steals her heart doesn't want her help..

10. The Pastor's Wife, by Jennifer AlLee from Abingdon Press. A woman must face the husband - and the congregation - she ran from six years earlier.

11. Walking on Broken Glass, by Christa Allen from Abingdon Press. Leah Thornton stops numbing her pain with alcohol, but discovers the road to redemption might still be under construction.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Kissing Scenes on Pepper's Blog

My friend, Pepper Basham, is celebrating Valentine's Day a bit early on her blog. Pepper has posted a partial scene from my 1880 novel set in Alabama, Magnolia Summer. Go to Pepper's blog to check it out.